• Howard-Tilton Information

    • Floor Maps & Call Number Guides

      Call Number Floor
      A - BF 5
      BH - DA 4
      DB - LT 3
      M - NX 6
      P - PF 3
      PG - QD  2
      QE - Z 1
      Periodicals On Display 3

      Other Locations in Howard-Tilton Memorial Library
      Amoss Collection 2nd Floor   Music & Media Center 6th Floor
      CLUE Classrooms 3rd Floor   Music Collection (including Oversize) 6th Floor
      Interlibrary Loan Office 2nd Floor   Oversize (except Music) 2nd Floor
      Government Docs 5th Floor   Rare Books 6th Floor
      The Latin American Library 4th Floor   Research Help Desk 1st Floor
      Microforms & Newspapers 6th Floor   Spingarn Collection 2nd Floor

      Other Libraries, Collections, and Locations
      Amistad Research Center Tilton Hall   Matas Health Sciences Library Downtown Campus
      Architecture Library Richardson Memorial   Math Library Gibson Hall
      Business Library Goldring Woldenberg   Offsite Depository Ask at Check-Out Desk
      Jazz Archive Jones Hall   Protective Storage Ask at Check-Out Desk
      Louisiana Research Collection Jones Hall   Southeastern Architectural Archive Jones Hall
      Law Library Weinmann Hall   University Archives Jones Hall
            Nadine Vorhoff Library Caroline Richardson Bldg

      First Floor - Howard-Tilton Memorial Library - Call Numbers: QE-Z

      Second Floor - Howard-Tilton Memorial Library - Call Numbers: PG-QD

      Third Floor - Howard-Tilton Memorial Library - Call Numbers: DB-LT and P-PF

      Fourth Floor - Howard-Tilton Memorial Library - Call Numbers: BH-DA

      Map and Call Number Guide Information

    • Library & Building Policies

      The Howard-Tilton Memorial Library is a place for learning and scholarly reflection. The library staff and administration strive to provide such a place for all of our users. To this end, library users are asked to follow the policies of the library and the university:
      Library Code of Conduct

      Library Disaster Plan

      Library Disaster PlanLibrary Disaster Plan PDF

      Howard-Tilton Memorial Library maintains a disaster plan that lays out procedures for several types of emergencies including but not limited to storm events. This copy of the plan Library Disaster Plan PDF is for the general public; it omits some nonpublic information such as alternate contact info for library personnel, equipment lists, etc. For information about university-wide emergency procedures see Tulane’s Emergency Management homepage.

      Food & Drink Policy

      Food is permitted in the following areas of the library: the basement lounge and in the cafe area across from PJ's. If you must carry food with you -- food that you intend to consume somewhere other than the Library -- please keep it in your backpack or other closed bag while you are in the Library. Drinks should only be in covered cups, spill-proof mugs, or similar containers. No canned beverages or open cups are allowed. Library staff will have final approval over any sort of beverage container allowed in the library and reserve the right to exclude any container for any reason. If you observe a spill, please notify a staff member right away. Thank you for helping to preserve your resources.

      Cell Phone Use

      Many people come to the library to find a quiet place to read and to study. Please respect others' need for quiet and observe these guidelines for cell phone use in the library. Please turn the ringer sound off on your cell phone before entering the building. Please use a quiet voice when answering your cell phone. The library reserves the right to ask patrons to leave the building if they are using cell phones in restricted areas or disturbing others in any area of the library.

      Cell phone use is acceptable in:

      • Learning Commons
      • Elevator lobbies
      • Snack lounge and telephone lobby in the basement

      Cell phone use is prohibited in:

      • All stack areas
      • Reading room areas
      • Study and seminar rooms
      • Library Instruction Room
      • Microforms and Newspapers area
      • Music & Media Center
      • The Latin American Library
      • Service desks

      Computer Use

      Please see the Computing & Printing services section.

      Quiet Study Area

      The library should be a place conducive to study, but its space limitations and lack of study rooms often make it difficult to find a quiet spot to study. Therefore the Selley Study Commons in the 3rd floor stacks area of the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library has been designated as a quiet study area. Cell phone use is prohibited in this area.

      Patrons should refrain from talking or working in groups on the 3rd floor. Students who wish to work in groups should use the elevator lobbies, the Learning Commons, the snack lounge in the basement, or the designated group study rooms available in the 1st floor stacks area. Library patrons who fail to abide by the quiet study policy will be asked to leave the 3rd floor reading area.

      Patrons whose quiet study is disrupted are strongly encouraged to contact the Check-Out Desk.

      Public Access Policy

      The Howard-Tilton Memorial Library is a private library with public access whose primary mission is to serve the students, faculty and staff of Tulane University. Recognizing its value to the greater New Orleans community and its unique resources of broader interest, the Library welcomes visitors and special borrowers. Public access to the Library is not extended to visitors as a surrogate for the general use of public or other academic libraries in the New Orleans area, however. Use of the Library by minors below the age of 14 unaccompanied by an adult is not permitted at any time.

      Services and privileges addressed in this policy include walk-in workshops, reference or point-of-use instruction, interlibrary loan and document delivery, mediated online searching, requests for in-process materials, requests for on-order materials, and recommendations for item purchases. Levels of service are determined through the reference interview and are described below for the Library's user groups.

      Tulane students, faculty, and staff are given priority assistance and are entitled to all services and privileges listed above. Tulane students, faculty and staff affiliated with programs supported by the Tulane libraries of business, law and medicine receive priority assistance and are entitled to all services and privileges except interlibrary loan, document delivery, and mediated online searching. Tulane alumni with alumni borrowing cards are entitled to most services and privileges except interlibrary loan, document delivery, mediated online searching, Microsoft Office and other licensed software, and off-campus access to research databases.

      Visitors and Special Borrowers

      Visitors and special borrowers are welcome to use the Library's General Collections, the Special Collections in Jones Hall, and the Library's Government Documents Depository. "Special borrowers" are those included with the CALL and LALINC programs, other reciprocal borrowers, and those who have purchased special borrower cards.

      All borrowers with Tulane library cards or reciprocal-, alumni-, and special library cards may request in-process and on-order items and may submit recommendations for new purchases.

      For use of the General Collections, visitors and special borrowers may expect basic assistance that includes a brief introduction to searching the local catalog and/or another resource most appropriate to the visitor's needs. For use of the unique materials at Special Collections, visitors and special borrowers may expect basic assistance that includes a brief introduction to searching the local catalog, onsite finding aids, and resources most appropriate to the visitor's needs. More in-depth assistance with Special Collections is available by pre-arrangement or as staff time permits.

      Visitors and special borrowers served by other local libraries are expected to use their home library for in-depth instruction or detailed help with research topics. Visitors and special borrowers are identified through the initial reference interview employed with each library user who requests in-depth assistance. Instructors at other schools should not refer their students to Howard-Tilton for resources and services available at their own institution.

      Lusher High School Students

      Tulane has established a long-term commitment to and partnership with the Lusher Charter School. As part of this partnership, the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library works with the librarian and teachers at Lusher high school to offer borrowing privileges and other services to Lusher students in grades 9-12. For details, see the Lusher School Students and Teachers guide .

      International High School of New Orleans Students

      Tulane has established a long-term commitment to and partnership with the International High School of New Orleans. As part of this partnership, the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library works with the librarian and teachers at International High School of New Orleans to offer borrowing privileges and other services to International High School of New Orleans students in grades 9-12. For details, see the International High School of New Orleans students and Teachers guide .

      Pre-College Students

      Use of the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library by pre-college students, except for Lusher and International High students, is not encouraged. The services and resources of the library are designed for study at the undergraduate level and above and are generally not appropriate for pre-college students. Due to limited resources we are not able to offer borrowing privileges, instructional services, or online database access to pre-college students. Therefore we strongly discourage pre-college students from using the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library for research. Pre-college students are encouraged to work with their school’s librarian to determine appropriate local libraries and other sources of information that are available to them.

      In cases where pre-college students report they have been sent by their teacher to the Library, the name of the teacher will be obtained and the Dean of Libraries will contact the teacher's school. Unannounced visits by a teacher with a group of pre-college students are not allowed.

      Pre-college students are not allowed in the Library during exam periods.

      Lost Items

      Please return any personal items you find in the library to the Check-Out Desk. Valuables will be kept in a safe in the Check-Out area. If the item is labeled with a name or address, we will attempt to contact the owner. Please bring identification to reclaim valuables. Lost Tulane University photo IDs are sent to the Card Services office at Bruff Commons.

      Unclaimed Items
      The library may dispose of items still unclaimed after 30 days. Personal copies of books are sent to the Gifts and Exchange department.  Prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses, clothing and other personal items are sent to a charitable organization. Any other items are either recycled or discarded.

      Do not leave your valuables unattended in the library! Label your books and other personal items. Report anything suspicious to the Check-Out Desk staff.

      Confidentiality Policy

      The Tulane University Libraries follow the principles of borrower confidentiality. The staff in Access Services will not divulge any details of a patron's library record to other patrons or agencies unless required to do by law. The library follows the Code of Ethics of the American Library Association. This requires all libraries to protect the patron's right to confidentiality and privacy when using library material.

      Library and Building Policies

    • Mission, Vision, & Values


      The Howard-Tilton Memorial Library supports, promotes, and enriches the teaching and research mission of Tulane University. We enable the discovery, dissemination, and preservation of academic information resources. Our spaces bring together students, scholars, and intellectual resources from across all programs to broaden and deepen intellectual life at Tulane. Our staff provide services to assist Tulane community members in discovering resources that inform and inspire their work. With complementary campus partners, we leverage our collections to help spark imaginations, and we steward our resources to ensure the preservation of cultural memory, particularly the unique culture of Tulane and New Orleans in all of its expressions.


      Howard-Tilton Memorial Library is a core institutional asset for Tulane University. Independent from any particular school, we serve as a hub for cross-campus connections at all levels. We bring together learners, scholars, and teachers by offering vital and unique intellectual resources, essential expertise, and welcoming spaces in which to find knowledge and fuel fresh insights and understanding.


      Howard-Tilton Memorial Library supports the American Library Association’s Core Values of Librarianship , and embraces the following principles:

      • We are committed to reducing barriers to information and to improving access for our users.
      • We strive to offer safe and inclusive spaces that foster an open and accepting learning community.
      • We respect a diversity of ideas, perspectives, and modes of inquiry.
      • We acknowledge multiple and intersecting identities and strive to reflect that diversity in resources and services that support the entirety of our community.
      • We support wellness as it encourages creativity, learning, and academic success.
      • We defend the right to privacy and support intellectual freedom.
      Mission, Vision, & Values (Placeholder)
    • Giving

      Give to all of Tulane: Give to the Library


      A donation to the Library is a donation to all of Tulane. We serve all students and faculty, uptown and downtown, as well as alumni and the greater New Orleans community. Gifts are essential for the Library to support, promote, and enrich the University’s teaching and research missions. Donations can help us to transform spaces, refresh and expand our services, acquire needed materials, and preserve our rich and unique collections. Your support also enables us to provide training and professional development opportunities for our staff, recognize outstanding student workers, and otherwise invest in the future.

      Need a few hints on what to give? Our list of how your contributions can help is located here.

      Your donations make a difference in the lives of our students and scholars today and tomorrow. We gratefully welcome financial donations in any amount. You may donate online, by phone at (800) 933-6886, or via mail at:

      Tulane University
      P.O. Box 61075
      New Orleans, LA 70161-9986

      If you'd like to make a gift by mail, please complete and send this form with your personal check or credit card information included, to the above address.

      Make checks payable to Tulane University. You may note the specific purpose of your gift on the memo line of your check.

      Gifts of Materials

      We also welcome valuable donations of materials, particularly unique and special collections that enrich our holdings in new ways.

      We accept materials in good condition that support Tulane’s current curriculum. Format examples include:

      • Hardback and quality paperback books
      • Music compact discs, scores and recordings in current formats
      • Videos and films in standard DVD format

      We regret that we cannot accept:

      • Books out of scope for a research library
      • Damaged or heavily underlined books
      • Commonly collected, incomplete, or short runs of academic journals
      • Current newspapers (except on specialized topics)
      • Inspirational literature
      • Old textbooks (particularly in the sciences)
      • Laboratory and repair manuals
      • Most artifacts (objects)
      • Workbooks
      • Photocopies

      All gifts to the library are considered charitable donations and are tax deductible. If you claim a deduction of more than $5,000 for a non-cash gift, you will need an appraisal. Please note that under IRS rules, the library cannot provide appraisals; donors will need to arrange them separately. Since tax laws change from time to time, we encourage you to seek advice from a knowledgeable tax consultant about current requirements.

      Gifts can include bequests made through a will; deferred gifts that provide you or others with a life income and then benefit the library; and outright gifts, such as cash or marketable securities. These major gifts can also add to or create an endowed fund that keeps the principal intact and uses only the income. The library has several endowed funds to which you can contribute; or, we can establish a new endowed fund in your name or the name of someone you wish to memorialize. Tulane's Office of Gift Planning will be happy to discuss such gifts with you. Please contact the Office of Gift Planning by phone at 1-800-999-0181, by email at giftplanning@tulane.edu or online at giftplanning.tulane.edu.

      Giving to Howard-Tilton

    • Visit Us

      The Howard-Tilton Memorial Library is located at 7001 Freret Street in New Orleans, Louisiana. The library is near the intersection of Broadway and Freret streets, and a short distance from historic St. Charles Avenue and Audubon Park.


      There are a few metered spaces located near the library. Exact change is required for the meters. All other parking requires permits on campus from 8:00 a.m.- 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Guest parking permits are available for purchase at the Public Safety/Traffic Office located in the Diboll Center. The permits cost $5.00 a day. Permits are not required on weekends.

      There are a few handicapped spaces located near the library and permits are required to park in them.

      For more information on parking at Tulane, please refer to the General Parking Information web page or call the parking office at (504) 865-5381.

      Use public transportation to travel to Howard-Tilton Memorial Library.

      Freret Bus - The Freret bus stops between Howard-Tilton Memorial Library and Jones Hall.

      St. Charles Streetcar - Take the St. Charles streetcar to the Tulane University/Audubon Park stop. Walk through the academic quad between St. Charles Avenue and Freret Street, continue walking under Stern Hall, cross Freret Street at the traffic light crosswalk, turn left. You will pass the Avron B. Fogelman Arena in the Devlin Fieldhouse, then pass Jones Hall (where Special Collections are located), and the library will be the six floor white building.

      Driving directions to Howard-Tilton Memorial Library

      Taking Interstate 10 East coming from the west of New Orleans
      Taking Interstate 10 East coming from the west of New Orleans (i.e. from Baton Rouge or Houston)
      • After the exit for Causeway Boulevard in Metairie, you will be nearing the fork of I-10 and I-610, keep right to stay on I-10 E, follow signs for Interstate 10 E/New Orleans Business District.
      • Go 1.6 miles.
      • Take exit 232 toward Airline Drive/Tulane Avenue/Carrollton Avenue/LA-61.
      • Go 0.5 miles.
      • Keep left at the fork, follow signs for Carrollton Avenue and merge onto South Carrollton Avenue.
      • Go 0.8 miles. (You will go through traffic lights at Palmetto Street/Washington Avenue, Palm Street, Earhart Boulevard and Walmsley Avenue.)
      • Turn left onto Fontainebleau Drive.
      • Go 0.4 miles.
      • Turn right onto Broadway Street.
      • Go 1.1 miles. (You will go through traffic lights at South Claiborne Avenue and Willow Street.)
      • Turn left onto Freret Street at traffic light.
      • Howard-Tilton Memorial Library will be on the left 0.1 miles.

      Taking Interstate 10 West coming from the east of New Orleans
      Taking Interstate 10 West coming from the east of New Orleans (i.e. from the Gulf Coast of Mississippi or Florida)
      • After crossing the Industrial Canal high rise bridge and passing the fork for I-610, you will be nearing the fork of I-10 and U.S. 90 Business West. You will pass exits for Elysian Fields Avenue, St. Bernard Avenue, Orleans Avenue, and Canal Street. As you are passing these exits, try to be in the middle lane of the three lanes of I-10.
      • Use the left 2 lanes to take the U.S. 90 Business W exit toward Westbank/Claiborne Avenue.
      • Keep in the right lane of the two lanes that exit to the left, follow signs for US 90 W/Claiborne Ave and merge onto US-90 W/S Claiborne Avenue.
      • Merge onto US-90 W/South Claiborne Avenue.
      • Go 1.8 miles. (You will go through several lights – Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, Jackson Avenue, Washington Avenue, Toledano Street, Louisiana Avenue, Napoleon Avenue, Jefferson Avenue, Nashville Avenue)
      • Turn left onto State Street which is the street after Nashville Avenue.
      • Go 0.6 miles.
      • Turn right onto Freret Street at traffic light.
      • Howard-Tilton Memorial Library will be on the right 0.4 miles.

    • Hours & Calendar

      Howard-Tilton Memorial Library 

      Special Collections

      • Architecture Library calendar
      • Jones Hall
        • Schiro Reading Room
        • Hogan Jazz Archive calendar
        • Southeastern Architectural Archive (SEAA) calendar
    • Job Opportunities

      Full-time Employment

      Librarian Positions
      Staff Positions

      All full-time library positions are posted at Jobs at Tulane.

      Student Employment

      • Students interested in employment at the library can fill out an application in the Library Administration office on the second floor of Howard-Tilton Memorial Library.
      • Some library jobs for students are posted on College Central Network.
      • Workforce Management Organization has additional information about student employment on campus.

      Core Technology Competencies for Howard-Tilton Memorial Library Employees

      Information about Tulane's employee policies, benefits, and working at Tulane may be found on the Workforce Management Organization site.

      Anti-Discrimination & Equal Opportunity Statements

      Tulane is committed to and encourages a diverse and inclusive community that respects and values individual differences. Tulane University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. We welcome you to read more: Tulane University Equal Opportunity / Anti-Discrimination Policies

      Employment Informaiton

    • Online Forms

    • Library Department Documents

      The Library Department supports the mission of the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library and assists the Library Administration by providing a framework for shared governance and advocacy of professional interests.

  • Directories

  • Collections Information

    • Collections Contacts

    • Collections Policies

    • General Collections Information

      Howard-Tilton Memorial Library is Tulane's main library and its general circulating collections are among the largest in the the Gulf region of the United States.
    • General Selection Guidelines

      The collections of the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library support the educational and research programs of Tulane University. Librarians employ the following general criteria when evaluating titles to be added or removed from the collections and when tailoring profiles for approval plans. Particular criteria assume greater or lesser importance depending on the material under consideration, the resources available, the acquisitions commitment level, and the subject matter covered.

    • Hurricane Katrina and the Library

      In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 the basement of the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library--an area about the size of a football field--was flooded by more than eight feet of water. The area housed a music library and very large collections of government documents, newspapers, and microforms. Jones Hall across the parking lot houses the library's Special Collections and its basement filled with about four feet of water.

    • Suggest a Purchase

    • Tulane Libraries Off-Site Library Facility

    • Tulane Libraries Recovery Center

      Beginning in 2007, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library created a landmark undertaking called the Tulane Libraries Recovery Center that is a program to handle more than 1 million items from restoration, donations, and initial replacement purchases planned as a means to rebuild collections damaged or lost to Hurricane Katrina—principal research collections in the Louisiana | Gulf Coast region and relied upon by a host of users.